Catherine M. Sereika nee Soles, 79 of Manchester Township, NJ died on Saturday February 17, 2018. Born in Newark, NJ she lived in Bloomfield, NJ before moving to Manchester 6 years ago. She worked in the Essex County Government Offices in Cedar Grove for many years. Catherine is survived by her son Bob and his wife Jackie and her daughter Catherine Jean Sereika. 5 grandchildren Krystal and Anthony Lemongello, Nyla, Raja and Sophia Zaman and one great grandchild Joseph.
Helen Marie Scarnaty, 80, of Holiday City West, Toms River, NJ, died peacefully on Saturday February 17, 2018, at home with her family. Born in Fort Lee, NJ on October 5, 1937, Helen lived in Union City and Fair Lawn before moving to Toms River. Helen graduated from Fair Lawn H.S., worked as a manager for Manpower Staffing in Paterson, NJ, and then partnered with her husband Peter in their business, Scarnaty Plumbing and Heating. Helen is predeceased by her father Joseph, mother Margaret, sisters Mickey and Eileen, and brother Joseph. Helen is survived by her husband of 35 years, Peter Scarnaty. She is also survived by her daughter Suzanne and her husband Doug, daughter Diane and her husband Mark, son Mark and his wife Maria, son Peter and his wife Joanne, son Michael and his wife Haydee, son Kevin, granddaughter Nicole, grandsons Shane and Andrew, grandson Michael and his wife Tracy, granddaughters Sarah and Mia, great grandchildren Anthony and Jayden, and best friend Florence. Helen will be remembered for her love of life, love of family, love of friends, and love of her garden. Helen will be loved and in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers for all eternity. Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing for Helen on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 Saint Catherine Boulevard, Toms River, NJ. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 am at St. Maximillian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church, 130 St Maximilian Ln, Berkeley Twsp. Entombment will follow at the Ocean County Memorial Park, 1722 Silverton Rd, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to www.ryanfuneralhome.com
Joan M. McGowan (nee Doran), 79 of Berkeley Township passed away on Saturday February 17, 2018 at her son’s home in Forked River, NJ. She was born in New York City, NY she lived in Queens, NY then Charleston S.C then Lakewood, NJ before moving to Berkeley Township 22 years ago. Joan was a Librarian in Lakewood for the Ocean County Library Systems for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Lake RC Church in Lakewood and also St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, Berkeley Township. She is preceded in death by her husband Michael in 2017. Surviving is her five children; Kevin of Summerville, SC, Maureen Vick of Reeseville, SC, Michael of Forked River, NJ, Timothy of Toms River, NJ and Thomas of Fredericksburg, VA, her brother Donald, NY, sister Claire Moser of Charleston, SC and eight grandchildren. The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals 145 St. Catherine Blvd. Toms River, NJ is in charge of the arrangements. Donations may be made to the 21 Plus of Ocean County.
Albert R. Petro of Toms River NJ - January 7, 1925 – February 15, 2018 Born in Plainfield NJ to Mary S. and John A. Petro. He is pre-deceased by his mother Mary S. Petro (Budihas), his father John A. Petro, and a brother John E. Petro. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Vivian H. Petro (Petersen), sister Dorothy Miller of Bridgewater, son Robert V. Petro and his wife Colleen of Neptune NJ, son Edward A. Petro and his wife Elizabeth of Peoria Arizona, a daughter Donna V. Schroeder and her husband Robert of Branchburg NJ, 4 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 5 step-great-grandchildren. Albert grew up in Plainfield, NJ and graduated from Dunellen High School. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the US Marine Corp. He proudly served his country, from 1942-1945. While a Marine, Albert served in the South Pacific and was engaged in 5 major landings: Guam, Guadalcanal, Marshall Islands (Kwajalein), Okinawa, and Sipan. Albert maintained friendships with other Marines who fought by his side by attending annual reunions of the 4th amphibian tractor battalion, which were hosted by Marine families in various cities throughout the US. While in the Marines, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also studied mechanical drawing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ, where he received a certification in Industrial Management. Albert worked as a draftsman, upon returning from the war, for various companies. Albert then joined the IBEW 456 electrical union out of North Brunswick NJ and worked there for 18 years before retiring. Albert was in both his high school band and the Marine Corp band, and was an accomplished trumpet, guitar and piano player. He attended oil painting classes for 8 years and completed more than 25 personal paintings, a few which have been sold. He was an avid dancer (winning titles in both the cha-cha & jitterbug along with his wife Vivian). Albert and wife Vivian had also previously maintained a winter home in Boynton Beach FL, where they had acquired dear friends from all over the US & Canada. In later years, Albert was a communicant of the Union church, Lavallette, NJ, a Life member of the VFW, the Marine Corps League, the DAV and American Legion. The family will receive friends Thursday, February 22, 2018 9:00am – 11:00am with a service to be offered at 11:00am at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funeral, 145 St. Catherine Blvd., Toms River, NJ. Interment will directly follow at St. Catherine Cemetery (mausoleum) 1100 W Chicago Blvd, Sea Girt, NJ 08750. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 1738 Route 37 West, Toms River NJ and/or the Disabled American Veterans, 2025 Church Road, Toms River NJ.
Julie Anna Baker, 63, of Ortley Beach, Toms River Twp., NJ, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at home. Born in Passaic, NJ, Julie resided there until moving to Ortley Beach in 2002. Julie received her undergraduate degree from Douglas College and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from New York University. Julie was a Registered Dietician, who worked at various health care facilities, prior to becoming a Health Care Services Evaluator for the State of New Jersey for 23 years before retiring. She was a parishioner and member of the Rosary Societies at Mother of Mercy Parish in Asbury Park and Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in Seaside Heights. Julie is survived by her sister Adele and husband George and her sister Alfreda and Paul. Loved by her niece Alexandra and her partner Ian, nephew William and his wife Sara, nieces Margaret, Julia and nephew Paul. The family will receive friends Friday, February 23, 2018 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 809 Central Ave., Seaside Park, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:00am at the Mother of Mercy Parish, Mt. Carmel Church, Asbury Park, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, 1220 1st Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.